Link Up: New Furniture, Podcasts And A Controversial Design Material…


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Getting snowed in last Monday at the mountain house wasn’t exactly the way I envisioned starting this past week. I’ve been living in sunny LA 10 years and was TOTALLY unprepared to be side railed by “actual” weather. But after Brian came to our rescue (all three adults and SIX children) I was able to jump into a pretty awesome week of two shoots and more book location scouting. Dare I say that is one of the best parts of writing a design book…peeking into incredibly beautiful and well thought-out homes. Yeah, it’s heaven. But right now it’s Sunday and the only thing on my agenda is cuddling, relaxing and sharing my and the team’s interesting and thoughtful finds of the week. Please enjoy this weeks linkup with a coffee in hand. Feel permission to put on a cartoon for your kids or partner.

In case you missed it, my friend Victoria Smith aka SF Girl By Bay just launched her awesome furniture and collab with The Inside. It’s full of fun patterns and color and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Victoria also has an AWESOME, very well curated online vintage shop that you should most definitely check out.

I know This American Life is an old podcast but I love it and have listened. This episode is SO good. I’m a sucker for a good coincidence story – the first one is cute about two HS friends, but there’s one very serendipitous love story in the middle involving a $1 bill (is this what inspired the movie Serendipity??) It’s happy and feel-good, go listen!

Speaking of the magic of podcasts…Jess has already ordered the book Dark Horse: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment. After listening to Ryann’s high praises of the podcast, Armchair Expert hosted by Dax Shepard and Monica Padman, she heard an interview they did with the author and completely identified with the subject matter. Shouldn’t we all value fulfillment over “success”?

Now JanSTEWary may be technically over but we have not stopped cooking…or souping. Arlyn (avid chef) has a bunch of amazing cooking tool recommendations (stay tuned for that post) but in her opinion, this 10-piece glass mixing bowl set is an absolute kitchen staple (she uses them nearly every day).

As I said, I have not given up on soup because it’s basically my favorite thing to consume. #feBROTHuary:) With this love going strong I’ve made this insanely easy instant pot recipe three times in the last two weeks.

This week’s home tour comes to you via one of our favorite Australian design sites, The Design Files. They featured a completely elegant yet super playful converted warehouse that embodies our “perfection is boring, let’s get weird” motto.

Arlyn is obsessed with Drunk Elephant products, and recently discovered their gel cleanser which she was suspicious about whether it would fully take off her makeup, but it ACTUALLY worked to take off a full face of makeup without making her feel too squeaky and dry. Overall review: It’s nice and balancing, removes makeup well and doesn’t have an overpowering fragrance, PLUS this brand is cruelty-free!!

Speaking of elephants, Water For Elephants came out in 2006 but it’s STILL Michael’s favorite book. He told me he used to buy copies and just give them out to everyone he knew as a “just because” gift. Kind of a genius and thoughtful gift idea, right? It’s a magical story with romance, drama, humor and one very special elephant that’s set in a backdrop of a traveling circus in the 1930s.

On a trip last fall Julie was having some travel anxiety and picked up the Herb Pharm Anxiety Soother at a store. At first, she thought it was just a placebo effect but now uses it about once a week. You just add one dropper amount to a glass of water or juice but warning, it has a very potent lavender taste/smell so you must like that or proceed with caution. It’s a great natural alternative. 

Jess promises she doesn’t only read articles that make her cry and is a VERY happy person but this beautiful article that was featured of Cup of Jo is a must read in her opinion. This letter, written by Julie Yip-Williams, to her young daughters about how she wants them to move through life post her dying is nothing if not inspiring, truthful and ultimately comforting…especially if you have experienced a loss.

My favorite Target mules (I have the mustard and bone colors and half of the team also have pairs) came out with a black and cognac color. Thank you Target (and Grace, for alerting me). You bet we are all hitting Add to Cart.

Have you seen Maxwell’s house in House Beautiful? (founder of Apartment Therapy) I stumbled upon in, not knowing it was his and I said to myself ‘this looks like a better version of my style’. So fun to find out that its indeed a friend of mine’s and boy is there a lot of inspiration to glean.

One of our design crushes is betting that this controversial material is making a comeback…thoughts?

Thanks for letting us be a part of your Sunday. Hope you laughed, cried and maybe got a little inspired. 🙂 See you tomorrow!

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